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South of Caliente (1951)

Passed | | Action, Music, Western | 15 October 1951 (USA)
Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), owner of a transportation service for moving race horses from track to track, prepares to take a number of thoroughbreds to the Pan American fair races at Monterey.... See full summary »

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Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), owner of a transportation service for moving race horses from track to track, prepares to take a number of thoroughbreds to the Pan American fair races at Monterey. Among them is "Dancing Girl", a fine mare owned by Doris Stewart (Dale Evans), who is being forced to sell the horse in order to keep her ranch. Doris and her trainer, Dave Norris ('Douglas FOwley'), accompany Roy and his outfit to the border at Caliente, where they are approached by Rosina (Charlita), a young gypsy fortune teller who begs Roy not to continue the trip. After crossing the border, Roy and his men are attacked by masked bandits, the horses are stolen and the stable boy is murdered. Accompanied by Doris and his sidekick Pinky (Pinky Lee) and the a Mexican Commandante, Roy goes to the gypsy camp to find Rosita. She is not there but Roy spots the stolen thoroughbreds hidden among a herd of wild horses near the camp. He also finds the dead body of a horse that appears to be "Dancing Girl.... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Roy's headed for the border in a fast-paced thriller of race horses... high stakes... and dangerous six-gun action! See more »

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Action | Music | Western

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Ao Sul de Caliente  »

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Although he would make some later television appearances, this would be the last feature film for character actor Willie Best. See more »

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"My Home Is Over Yonder'
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Performed by Roy Rogers and the Roy Rogers Riders
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Delivering Horses Is Tougher Than it Looks
20 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Forced to sell her racehorse to save the ranch, Doris Stewart (Dale Evans) hires Roy and his crew (Pinky Lee and Pat Brady) to transport her prized thoroughbred to a buyer in Mexico. Despite being warned by a gypsy fortune teller (Charlita) not to make the trip, Roy and Dale forge ahead and soon find themselves involved in murder and a horse theft scheme hatched by Dale's trainer Dave Norris (prolific western bad guy Douglas Fowley) and his thug henchman Studsy Denning (Frank Richards.

Directed by William Witney, South of Caliente teams up Roy and Dale once again after Dale's six movie, almost two year hiatus. It also marks the second pairing of Roy with new found sidekick and children's television entertainer Pinky Lee. Pinky's antics here are toned down from his first movie with Roy.

South of Caliente hearkens back to Witney's earlier movies with Roy and Dale. Beginning with "Roll on Texas Moon" Witney began to reshape Roy's movies and gradually de-emphasise the musical content. He dropped the large scale musical numbers and packed in more action sequences. Caliente" however, features more of a musical style than most of his later movies, including a a theatrical song and dance number at the gypsy camp. It also marks a bit of a change in the on-screen chemistry between Roy and Dale. The "Battle of the Sexes" featured in their earlier movies is absent here and has Dale assuming a decidedly less dominant on-screen persona. A style similar to the one they would employ for the six year run of their television series.

As B-Westerns go, pretty good. Roy Rogers Fans should enjoy.


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